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Noah Lyles finishes third in tight men's 60m race at Austin meet

The RADD College Invitational in Gainesville, Florida, was filled with thrilling track and field action, but one of the most highly-anticipated events was the men’s 60m final. The field, including Noah Lyles, was stacked with some of the top sprinters in the nation, including Noah Lyles of Adidas.

As the runners took their starting positions, the tension in the stadium was palpable. When the gun went off, the athletes flew out of the blocks, but Kendal Williams of TciSports took an early lead. Josephus Lyles of Adidas and his brother Noah Lyles of Adidas were close behind but couldn’t catch up.

Williams took first place with a time of 6.59 seconds, Josephus Lyles in second place with a time of 6.60 seconds, and Noah Lyles just behind in third place with a time of 6.61 seconds.

Earlier in the preliminary round, the men’s 60m event indicated the exciting competition to come. Kendal Williams of TciSports set the pace in the preliminary round by winning heat 1 in 6.67 seconds, securing his spot in the final as the top qualifier.

Josephus Lyles of Adidas and Noah Lyles of Adidas, who are brothers, also qualified for the final, with Josephus finishing taking heat 5 in 6.72 seconds and Noah, the heat two winner, in 6.74 seconds.

In the women’s event, Celera Barnes of Sports Management & Marketing crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 7.30 seconds, setting a new personal best. Cassie Thompson of Jacksonville took second in 7.48 seconds, while Cara Simpson of Florida Atlantic finished third in 7.52 seconds.

Mac Franks won the men’s 800m in 1:51.68, and Jessica Lambert of Florida Atlantic, 2:06.98, the women’s crown.

Latasha Dodson of Team Dodson Elite topped the women’s 60m hurdles in 8.90 ahead of Tenae Grigsby of Southeastern University, 9.05.

Davonte Vanterpool of Southeastern University won the men’s 60m hurdles in 8.00, beating his teammate Glenn Rodgers in 8.08.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.